Date of Build/Launch: April 1850

Type: Sailing

Vessel built by Alexander Duthie & Co.
Owned by W. Duthie & Co., Aberdeen

Description: 1 deck, 3 masts, barque rigged, square stern, carvel built, no galleries, female figurehead. Abandoned at sea 19th April 1868 as per letter from register in Quebec.
(Source: Aberdeen Register of Shipping (Aberdeen City Archives))

Builder's List:
Owners W, A, J and J. Duthie Jr.; Port belonging to Aberdeen; Voyages London-Port Phillip, Victoria, Australia. Abandoned in North Atlantic.

1862: Master - Bowman; Owner/Agent - Robert Duthie; Gross tonnage listed as 548 tons.

Aberdeen Register of Shipping (Aberdeen City Archives):
Registered 23/04/1850
Master Hugh Longmuir
One-and-a-half poop decks; 3 masts; female figurehead.
Subscribing Owners: William Duthie (36 shares); Alexander Duthie (8); John Duthie, Jr. [All Aberdeen, Shipowners].
Other Owners: John Duthie, Shipowner (8); John Cargill, Shipmaster (4) [both Aberdeen].
18/05/1850: William Duthie 4 shares - William Murray, Shipmaster, Aberdeen; George Brock Master in room of Hugh Longmuir (per letter from London).
06/06/1850: William Murray Master in room of George Brock.

Lloyd's Register of Shipping:
1850, 1855, 1859: Owners W. Duthie; (1850, 1855) Destined Voyage Aberdeen-Port Phillip (Australia); (1855, 1859) Master Murray.
1865-66, 1868-69: Master G. Philips; Port belonging to Aberdeen; Destined Voyage Aberdeen-Australia; Owners blank.

Abandoned 19 April 1868, North Atlantic.

Australian Newspapers Online:

Melbourne Argus, 15/01/1850:
You will oblige me by inserting in your pages reply to a letter signed W. Murray, Master of the ship BRILLIANT in the Daily News Oct 7 - this pilot claims Murray agreed to wait from Sunday to Monday for departure and regrets he was detained on Monday at court. In reply to an article, I may say a cowardly attack in the Daily News Sept 4th, speaking of my success of grounding two ships... why should I be singled out and have not the whole of the pilots occasionally grounded vessels?

Melbourne Argus, 07/10/1854:
Geelong 6 Oct. On the arrival of the clipper ship BRILLIANT several of the townspeople interested in the advancement of the port intimated that if Capt. Murray would bring her over the bar into the inner harbour they would give him a public dinner. The vessel could have very easily been brought in as she only drew 15 feet of water on her arrival from London. But it appears either cheaper or more convenient to discharge and reload her seven miles from port... I should think Captain Murray too good a judge to throw away money... I think there is little doubt the BRILLIANT could take all her wool on board off the wharf after discharging her present cargo.

Melbourne Argus, 22/12/1855:
There has been little business done in the gold market during the last week. A very few lots have been making up for the ship BRILLIANT.

Melbourne Argus, 16/02/1861:
Deaths: On 24 August 1860 at sea on the homeward voyage from Callao, Capt. William Murray of the ship BRILLIANT of Aberdeen.

Lubbock, The Colonial Clippers (1948 Ed. pp118-9):
Commanded by Captain Murray and sailing under Duthie's house-flag, BRILLIANT became a very popular passenger clipper at the time of the gold rush. On her first outward passage she went from London to Melbourne in 87 days, and this was about her average. She generally loaded wool for the London market at Geelong and made the homeward run in under 90 days... BRILLIANT on one occasion brought home seven tons of gold, giving Captain Murray an anxious time until he had it safely handed over to the Bank of England. After a dozen years as a first class passenger and wool clipper the BRILLIANT was debased to the guano and nitrate trades, being finally lost at sea when homeward bound from Callao with a cargo of guano.
[Last Lloyd's entry was 1868-69].

length 151' x breadth 25.5' x depth 18.6'
gross tonnage 558 tons

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